Government is drastically cutting on its foreign mission staff with the first 20 recalled envoys are expected to jet into the country in June.
Foreign Affairs minister Francis Kasaira said the second group comes in December and the exercise will continue until next year.
“This exercise will help government save up to K7 billion a year so you can see that it is a cost saving venture,” he said.
Kasaira said those recalled include envoys who have overstayed in duty stations, saying some have been there for 12 years instead of the recommended three years.
He said as a result of overstaying, others neglected their job and were doing personal errands.
Others, Kasaira said, were recalled because their jobs were not required.
The minister said the government will now be recalling its envoys every after three years.
The cash strapped Capital Hill is making radical but important decision to improve the ailing economy.
Apart from the 40 being recalled this year, close to 200 are also packing ready for the journey to Malawi next which will make the foreign missions thinner but efficient and effective.